Anita Kelly

Anita Kelly

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Professor of Psychology

Office: 108 Haggar Hall
Phone: 574-631-7048

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Areas of Expertise

Secrets, confidentiality

An expert on secrets/confidentiality, Kelly’s research focuses on how people construct their identities through presenting either negative or positive information about themselves to others. She has been studying self-presentational processes in both clinical contexts and everyday interactions, and currently, she is assessing the role of the confidant (e.g., counselors or friends) in determining whether people benefit from revealing their negative, personal secrets. In addition, she has examined how keeping secrets from one’s self, or engaging in thought suppression, may lead to problems for some people but may be an effective thought-control strategy for others. Kelly is author of “The Psychology of Secrets” and has developed a model for when people should and should not reveal their secrets to various confidants.


Keeping secrets not always harmful


Study: Telling fewer lies linked to better health and relationships

Research shows gamblers’ winning streaks lead to reckless betting and losing

New book offers blueprint to build a more clever student


The Huffington Post — The Connection Between Honesty and Good Health

INC — The Remarkable Power of Simply Telling the Truth

INC — 5 Ways to Recover From Being Cheated, Lied To, or Manipulated

Forbes—How Telling The Truth Could Boost Your Health

PBS—Should Campaign Donors Be Disclosed?

Good Afternoon America—‘GAA’ Toe-to-Toe: Is Honesty the Best Policy?

Huffington Post—Lying: Why You Don’t Tell The Truth And Why You Should Start

NBC News—Could you go 10 weeks without lying?

WCBS (New York City)—Fewer Lies, Better Health?

Chicago Sun-Times—Avoiding lies can help your health, study finds

Washington Times—What can NASA’s Curiosity Rover tell us about the future of health?

New York Daily News—Little white lies may be bad for your health

Chicago Sun Times—Avoiding lies can help your health, study finds

Huffington Post—Honesty Linked With Better Health: Study

Time—Can Telling the Truth Make You Healthier?

The Daily Mail—Honesty is the best policy as telling fewer lies ‘improves your physical and mental health’

The Irish Sun—Boffins: Lying’s bad for your health..honest

Atlanta Journal-Constitution—

CBS Radio—Fewer Lies, Better Health?

ABC Radio—Study: Reducing lies may benefit health

U.S. World News and Report—Living Without Lies Might Make You Healthier

USA Today—Study finds that avoiding lies can improve your health

New York Times blog—Do Daughters Cause Divorce?